The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) announced on Tuesday the certification of Italy’s Raffmetal S.p.A. under its Performance Standard for responsible production of aluminium.
The plant, which is located in Casto, Italy, recycles both primary and secondary aluminium scrap, which includes pre- and post-consumer aluminium scrap content. Raffmetal’s current nameplate capacity stands at over 300 thousand metric tons of scrap aluminium per year.
ASI’s Chief Executive Officer Fiona Solomon lauded the firm for its accomplishment in a related press release.
“We warmly congratulate Raffmetal S.p.A. on its ASI Performance Standard certification for its aluminium alloys refining operation. Metal recyclers are a critical link in the value chain that harness aluminium’s beneficial circularity properties and give aluminium its sustainability credentials. On top of this, Raffmetal’s use of its production residues to create new raw materials demonstrates the company’s strong support of a circular economy and commitment to employing a sustainable production process.”
ASI’s Performance Standard is the product of consultations with a multitude of stakeholders throughout the aluminium value chain, which ASI asserts is the sole comprehensive voluntary sustainability standard initiative in the aluminium sector. The certifications, which each last for three years, were audited by Bureau Veritas S.A.
Raffmetal president Orlando Niboli said the certification dovetails with his firm’s commitment to a circular aluminium economy.
“The certification of our activity according to the highest standards of sustainability in the aluminium industry is a further confirmation that our daily action aimed at circularity is the way to go. ASI certifies our commitment to environmentally, socially and economically responsible production. Our product, 100% made from recycled material, guarantees considerable energy savings with a consequent reduction of CO₂ emissions, helping to significantly reduce the carbon footprint along the entire value chain.”
The ASI is a worldwide organization dedicated to setting industrial standards and certifications in the aluminium industry. The association attempts to bring together the various stakeholders in the aluminium industry in order to achieve objectives including sustainable production methods, material chain-of-custody procedures, recycling, social impacts related to aluminium production, and production standards.